Mar 04, 2014
I'm writing this in hopes it will help people calm their fears and anxiety over HIV. I will explain my story then go over some of the things I learned here on the site from the community.
7 1/2 months ago I had unprotected sex with a woman I didn't know. I wasn't thinking, and later that day I was overcome with fear. I have never been so stressed out and anxious in my life. I instantly convinced myself I contracted HIV after reading symptoms on the Internet. I put myself through the worst time in my life for no reason. Then once I was actually in the clear from my tests, I still couldn't move on from the fear I had somehow still contracted. I would notice a reference to HIV or AIDS on tv or in a movie and have a small panic attack. I took tests at 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 3 months, 4 months, 5 months, 6 months, and finally 7 months. I am just now starting to overcome this fear.
Here are some helpful things I learned here on medhelp:
-To truly be at risk for HIV you need to have either had unprotected sex (anal or vaginal) or share needles.
-An antibody blood test or a mouth swab test like oraquick are virtually 100% accurate 6-8 weeks after possible exposure.
-Having sex with someone who is HIV positive does not mean you will automatically contract HIV / it is around 1 in every 1000 unprotected sex acts where transmission would occur.
-Symptoms of HIV are very similar to symptoms of many other non serious health issues so it is impossible to diagnose without a test.
My advice is to relax as much as possible, take an oraquick at home mouth swab test at 6 weeks, and then for peace of mind have a final test at 3 months. Be easy and best of luck friends.